if i lost the weight, i could stop taking so many medications. if i lost the weight, maybe my feet... my back... ...my knees would stop hurting. if i lost the weight, i'd feel more comfortable shopping for clothes. i'd visit my sister in seattle more often. i might be able to improve or even resolve my type 2 diabetes. so, i finally lost the weight after talking with my doctor about the lap-band system. announcer: the lap-band is placed around the upper part of the stomach-- often as an outpatient procedure-- to help you achieve long-term weight loss. unlike gastric bypass, it can be adjusted, and there's no stomach cutting or stapling. call for your free fact kit or visit lapband.com. lap-band is not for those who are pregnant, or have symptoms of autoimmune, severe heart, lung or gastrointestinal disease, cirrhosis or pancreatitis. surgery-related fatalities, reoperation, and band removal are rare. band slippage, stomach injury, vomiting and heartburn may occur. i'm ready. i'm ready.